Justin Upton accompanies Michael Fulmer to Men’s Nike Custom Made Miami Dolphins Elite Aqua Green Team Color NFL Jersey ASG

Michael Fulmer didn’t just gain a familiar face when teammate Justin Upton was added to the American League All-Star team. He also gained a ride to the festivities.Men’s Nike Custom Made Miami Dolphins Elite Aqua Green Team Color NFL Jersey.

Fulmer and his wife were originally going to catch a late-night flight from Cleveland to Miami with the Indians, who had their own contingent of players and coaches headed to the MLB All-Star Game presented by Mastercard. Upton, however, thought they’d have a better flight if they weren’t with the team that was just their opponent for three grueling games, capped by a Sunday night contest at Progressive Field.

“Upton was generous enough to get a plane for us,” Fulmer said. “He said he’d rather not fly with the Indians after we just played them. My original plan was for me to fly with them Custom Patriots Jersey, then Upton made the team as well.”

Even so, it was a tough night of travel for them. Fulmer started Sunday night opposite fellow All-Star Personalized Patriots Jersey Corey Kluber in a game that ended just before midnight ET. By the time Fulmer cleaned up from a victorious six-plus innings and they left the ballpark for their plane down the street at Lakefront Airport, they were into the wee hours of Monday morning.

“I’m a little exhausted,” Fulmer said, “but I wouldn’t rather be in any other place.”Youth Nike Custom Made New England Patriots Elite Navy Blue Team Color Jersey Sale.

Had Fulmer been on track to pitch in tonight’s Midsummer Classic, that might have made for a rough turnaround. Once he was taken off the active roster, however, he became a spectator of sorts, doing interviews and appearances and taking in events with his family — but not worrying about pitching.

“I’ll be exhausted,” Fulmer said. “But the next couple days are going to be a dream come true. So I’m just trying to take it all in and hang out with J-Up and try to enjoy myself.”

It was a dream well earned. Fulmer’s selection came last weekend, but he added 14 quality innings over two victories this week, including a win to help the Tigers thwart a series sweep in Cleveland. He improved to 9-6 with a 3.19 ERA, the latter ranking sixth lowest among AL starters. His 1.12 WHIP put him in the AL’s top five, while his 115 2/3 innings and 14 ground-ball double plays induced placed him sixth.

Fulmer watched the T-Mobile Home Run Derby on Monday night and worried about guys getting the ball out of the park rather than keeping the ball in. He has done a fine job of the latter, allowing just seven homers this season.

“I really didn’t change much,” Fulmer said of his evolution from Rookie to All-Star. “I think everything was more mental with me than physical. I try to replicate what I did last year. Obviously, teams are making adjustments, and I’ve got to make adjustments as well — try to throw my sinker more and really mix in a few slower breaking balls, mix pitches and stuff.”

Upton will be serving as a reserve in his fourth All-Star Game. He closed out the first half leading the Tigers with 15 home runs and 54 RBIs to go with a .265 average and an .841 OPS.

“He’s showing me the ropes a little already,” Fulmer said Personalized Dolphins Jersey. “I’m thankful, and I’m super glad he’s made it because he’s earned it. I think he’s been our most consistent hitter, and obviously he’s made a few game-saving catches for me, as well.”

“I’ve been on a few here and there,” Upton said of making this year’s AL All-Star roster. “Being able to do it with a teammate and to come down to the All-Star Game is pretty cool.Women’s Nike Custom Made Green Bay Packers Elite Team Color NFL Football Jersey Sale.

“Regardless of what team you’re on, it’s great to make the All-Star team. Custom Dolphins Jersey Making one in Detroit is special. I started in Arizona and made an All-Star team there. San Diego was kind of a pit stop, but this is going to be my home for a while, so to make an All-Star [Game] in Detroit is pretty cool.”

Prospect Team of Week led by Personalized Patriots Jersey Lucas Giolito

MLBPipeline.com’s Prospect Team of the Week honors the best performances from the previous seven days. Any player currently on an organization Top 30 Prospects list on our Prospect Watch is eligible.

The latest edition Personalized Dolphins Jersey of MLBPipeline.com’s Prospect Team of the Week (July 3-9) features four second-timers in DJ Peters, Fernando Tatis Jr., Rio Ruiz and Nick Solak. There’s no shortage of Top 100 talent either, with Lucas Giolito, Jay Groome and Dominic Smith each earning their first PTOW nod.

Prospect Teams of the Week
Week 1 (Apr. 10-16)
Week 2 (Apr. 17-23)
Week 3 (Apr. 24-30)
Week 4 (May 1-7)
Week 5 (May 8-14)
Week 6 (May 15-21)
Week 7 (May 22-28)
Week 8 (May 29-June 4)
Week 9 (June 5-11)
Week 10 (June 12-18)
Week 11 (June 19-25)
Week 12 (June 26-July 2)
Week 13 (July 3-9)
Week 14 (July 10-16)
Week 15 (July 17-23)
Week 16 (July 24-30)
Week 17 (July 31-Aug. 6)
Week 18 (Aug. 7-13)
Week 19 (Aug. 14-20)
Week 20 (Aug. 21-27)
Week 21 (Aug. 28-Sept. 3)

Here’s our complete Prospect Team of the Week:

C: Mitch Garver, Rochester Red Wings (Triple-A)
(Twins’ No. 14 prospect)
7 G, .321/.367/.929, 10 R, 2 2B, 5 HR, 8 RBIs, 2 BB, 8 K

Garver paced all prospects last week with five home runs while seven of his nine hits went for extra bases. The 26-year-old backstop did most of his damage on Sunday, when he connected on three homers for the second time in his five-year Custom Dolphins Jersey career. Through 59 games, Garver, with his 12 homers, has already matched his total from 2016.

 

1B: Dominic Smith, Las Vegas 51s (Triple-A)
(Mets’ No. 2 prospect)/(MLB No. 52)
7 G, .419/.438/.903 Personalized Patriots Jersey, 9 R, 3 2B, 4 HR, 12 RBIs, 1 BB, 3 K

Smith put up big numbers for Triple-A Las Vegas last week as he led all Top 30 first basemen in runs scored, hits (13), home runs, RBIs and total bases (28), Custom Patriots Jersey while hitting safely in six of his seven games. He started his week with his first multihomer performance in nearly a year, and several days later, the 22-year-old first baseman set a career high with six RBIs in a game against El Paso.

 

2B: Nick Solak, Tampa Yankees (Class A Advanced)
(Yankees’ No. 18 prospect)
7 G, .346/.433/.654, 5 R, 2 2B, 2 HR, 2 RBIs, 4 BB, 7 K, 1 SB

Solak earns a spot on the PTOW for the second time in three weeks after he hit safely in six of seven games while scoring one run in five contests. A second-round Draft pick in 2016, the 22-year-old second baseman has had no problems adjusting to the Florida State League, evidenced by his.306/.406/.459 line, 24 extra-base hits and 44-to-56 walk-to-strikeout ratio through 81 games.Men’s Nike Custom Made Miami Dolphins Elite Aqua Green Team Color NFL Jersey.

 

3B: Rio Ruiz, Gwinnett Braves (Triple-A)
(Braves’ No. 22 prospect)
7 G, .333/.355/.700, 4 R, 2 2B, 3 HR, 12 RBIs, 1 BB, 4 K

Ruiz’s 12 RBIs were a product of three big games in which the 23-year-old third baseman recorded three, five and four RBIs, respectively. The five RBIs marked a season high for Ruiz, who capped his impressive week by connecting on a pair of home runs Personalized Packers Jersey Sunday.

 

SS: Fernando Tatis Jr., Fort Wayne Tin Caps (Class A)
(Padres’ No. 5 prospect)/(MLB No. 100)
6 G, .421/.577/.947, 5 R, 1 2B, 3 3B, 1 HR, 2 RBIs, 7 BB, 6 K, 6 SB

The son of former big leaguer Fernando Tatis went 6-for-6 on the basepaths for Class A Fort Wayne last week while posting a .421 average with five extra-base hits and more walks than strikeouts. Three of those extra-base hits were triples, and they came in three straight games. Just 18 years old, Tatis has opened many eyes in his full-season debut by hitting .276 with 13 home runs and 20 stolen bases in 83 games.Youth Nike Custom Made New England Patriots Elite Navy Blue Team Color Jersey Sale.

 

OF: Ramon Laureano, Corpus Christi Hooks (Double-A)
(Astros’ No. 8 prospect)
7 G, .483/.500/1.000, 7 R, 5 2B, 2 3B, 2 HR, 5 RBIs, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 SB

After failing to collect a hit on Monday and Tuesday, the 22-year-old Laureano caught fire and rattled off five straight multihit performances to close out his week, including a 5-for-5, three-extra-base-hit game on Sunday. That performance pushed him into the lead in both hits (14) and total bases (29) for the week, during which he raised his season average from .204 to .232.
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OF: DJ Peters, Rancho Cucamonga Quakes (Class A Advanced)
(Dodgers’ No. 18 prospect)
7 G, .448/.500/.966, 7 R, 4 2B, 1 3B, 3 HR, 7 RBIs, 1 BB, 7 K, 2 HBP

Peters made headlines on Wednesday when he became the first player to hit two home runs in the same inning against a rehabbing Madison Bumgarner. What’s more, he hit in each of his seven games to extend his hitting streak to 14 games, during which he’s hitting .429 with a 1.386 OPS and six home runs. Overall, Peters leads the California League with 19 homers.

 

OF: Brett Phillips, Colorado Springs Sky Sox (Triple-A)
(Brewers’ No. 10 prospect)
8 G, .375/.432/.750, 10 R, 1 2B, 1 3B, 3 HR, 12 RBIs, 3 BB, 7 K, 3 SB

Phillips homered in back-to-back games for the Sky Sox over the weekend to put a bow on a week in which he tied for the most runs scored and tied for second in RBIs. Though he struggled in 2016, the 23-year-old outfielder has already matched his career high with 17 home runs through 76 games, all while hitting .293.

LHP: Jay Groome, Greenville Drive (Class A)
(Red Sox’s No. 2 prospect)/(MLB No. 34)
1-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 GS, 5 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 7 K, 0.40 WHIP

Groome, 18, faced the minimum over five innings on Wednesday in his first outing for Greenville since he exited his season debut on April 10 with a lat injury. The 2016 No. 12 overall Draft pick threw 60 pitches (38 strikes) in the outing, allowing one hit and one walk while striking out seven. Including his final rehab start in the New York-Penn League, Groome has yielded one hit while fanning 13 in his past 10 innings.

 

RHP: Lucas Giolito, Charlotte Knights (Triple-A)
(White Sox No. 4 prospect)/(MLB No. 28)
1-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 GS, 7 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 10 K, 0.57 WHIP

After struggling in his previous start, Giolito rebounded to fire a two-hitter and strike out 10 on Saturday, his second seven-inning shutout of the season. The double-digit strikeout performance was Giolito’s second of the season and continued a trend that’s seen the 22-year-old right-hander miss more bats since the calendar flipped to June. He owns a 3.88 ERA with 57 strikeouts in 51 innings over his past 11 turns for the Knights.

 

RP: Joe Jimenez, Toledo Mud Hens (Triple-A)
(Tigers’ No. 5 prospect)
0-0, 1 SV, 0.00 ERA, 4 G, 4 2/3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 8 K, 0.43 WHIP

Jimenez struck out half of the 16 batters he faced last week courtesy of multiple strikeouts in three of his four appearances for Toledo. The 22-year-old righty has been outstanding lately, with a 0.00 ERA, 12 strikeouts and three hits allowed in his past 8 2/3 innings spanning eight appearances.

Mike Rosenbaum is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @GoldenSombrero. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Tigers’ Justin Upton joins AL Personalized Patriots Jersey All-Star team

CLEVELAND — Justin Upton is an All-Star after all. The Tigers’ left fielder was added to the American League roster on Friday, his reward for a quietly strong first half in the middle of Detroit’s lineup.

Upton essentially replaces fellow Tiger Michael Fulmer, who was named to the AL All-Star team Sunday. Fulmer will take part in festivities in Miami, but since he’s slated Custom Packers Jersey to pitch Sunday night against the Indians, he won’t be on the active roster to pitch in the 88th All-Star Game presented by Mastercard on Tuesday (7:30 p.m. ET on FOX). Upton’s addition ensures the Tigers will have somebody on the AL roster who could play.

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“It’s always great from the fans and players and coaches around the league Personalized Patriots Jersey that see you,” Upton said. “A lot of guys are playing well, having good first halves, and not everybody can be an All-Star.”

The Tigers saw Upton as an All-Star talent when they signed him as a free agent a year and a half ago. He made the National League All-Star squads in 2009, ’11 and ’15, but a rough first half in Detroit last year left him out of consideration. Upton heated up in time for the stretch run and nearly lifted the Tigers into the postseason.

Upton’s second season in Detroit has been more consistent. He entered Friday Custom Patriots Jersey leading the Tigers with 21 doubles, 15 home runs and 54 RBIs while sharing the team lead with six stolen bases. Upton is batting .271 with an .864 OPS.Men’s Nike Custom Made Miami Dolphins Elite Aqua Green Team Color NFL Jersey.

“I know he’s replacing somebody,” Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said, “but I thought Justin Upton was a deserving All-Star.”

Fulmer was hoping to face a batter or two in the Midsummer Classic despite a big start Sunday night opposite Corey Kluber. All-Star pitchers who work Sunday usually are deactivated for the All-Star Game — it used to be a rule — but Detroit manager Brad Ausmus was open to the idea. The Tigers put a limit of 15 pitches on Fulmer, but Major League Baseball — wary of a scenario in which an All-Star manager runs out of available pitchers or has to stretch another pitcher longer in return — said it would prefer to have pitchers available for a full inning.

“We gave them a pitch count, and after discussing it, they didn’t want to box the [All-Star] manager into a corner,” said Ausmus, who said he discussed it with MLB Chief Baseball Officer Joe Torre.Youth Nike Custom Made New England Patriots Elite Navy Blue Team Color Jersey Sale.

Fulmer understood the decision.

“I get a buddy now,” said Fulmer, noting he now a teammate joining him in All-Star festivities.

Fulmer skipped an extra day of rest to get two starts for the Tigers this week, hoping to help Detroit carry some momentum into the break. Had he pitched Wednesday in the previous rotation order, appearing in the All-Star Game wouldn’t have been an issue. But Personalized Packers Jersey Fulmer offered to swap spots with Daniel Norris to help out the club — a decision that was made before the All-Star rosters were announced Sunday.Women’s Nike Custom Made Green Bay Packers Elite Team Color NFL Football Jersey Sale.

Fulmer does not regret that move, saying winning games for the Tigers is the priority. The bright side, he said, was that it allows him to pitch early of the All-Star break. Ausmus said Fulmer will likely start next Saturday against the Blue Jays at Comerica Park.

Jason Beck has covered the Tigers for MLB.com since 2002. Read Beck’s Blog, follow him on Twitter @beckjason and Facebook. This story Custom Dolphins Jersey was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Tigers’ Warwick Saupold Custom Packers Jersey enjoying relief role

CLEVELAND — Warwick Saupold made the long jog from the visitors’ bullpen in right-center field to the mound at Fenway Park on June 10 and began warming Custom Packers Jersey when he heard a familiar sound. The Fenway sound system operator played Men at Work’s “Land Down Under” to note Saupold’s Australian heritage.

Saupold liked it so much that the Tigers took note and began playing it as his entrance music the next homestand. But that isn’t why the rookie right-hander has felt so comfortable — and pitched so effectively — in long relief out of the Tigers’ bullpen.Men’s Nike Custom Made Miami Dolphins Elite Aqua Green Team Color NFL Jersey.

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“He’s been outstanding in his role,” manager Brad Ausmus said after Saupold’s three scoreless innings Wednesday against the Giants, “in that kind of long relief, to keep the game where it is, give us a chance to come back.”

Saupold entered that game with a 5-0 deficit and left just before the Tigers rallied to make it a one-run game. That has been a common theme.

Saupold gave up three runs in that Boston outing, taking the loss after entering in a tie game. Since then, the Aussie has 15 innings Custom Patriots Jersey of one-run ball on eight hits over nine appearances. Each time, he left with the same gap or smaller Personalized Packers Jersey than when he entered.

It’s not minor to him or his manager. The last game former closer Francisco Rodriguez pitched for the Tigers, he entered with a two-run deficit at Seattle and gave up a Robinson Cano grand slam, runs that became the difference once the Tigers rallied Custom Dolphins Jersey late.Youth Nike Custom Made New England Patriots Elite Navy Blue Team Color Jersey Sale.

“I don’t think it’s easy,” Saupold said. “I just think it’s a role that someone’s got to do, and I’m glad I’m doing it.”

It’s a role that requires a strike thrower, but one that avoids the middle of the plate for opposing lineups that have heated up against the starting pitcher.

“It’s definitely not easy,” Saupold said. “It’s still the same guys getting in the box. They tend to get a little bit more aggressive on the relievers, too, in those situations. So you do really need to make pitches edgy almost, because they’re trying to get you early [in counts]. …

“My fastball command is probably the best thing working right now. I’m going in, I’m going out to lefties and to righties, too.”

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Saupold handles it well. He also warms up quickly for someone who was a starter for most of his Minor League career, including seven starts at Triple-A Toledo this season.

“I’m always stretching and moving around because I know what my role is,” Saupold said. “I’m always anticipating coming into the game if there’s a little bit of trouble or the pitch count’s getting up there. If I’m not in the game, then I sit back down. Anticipation’s a big thing for me. If I anticipate getting in the game, it helps me be successful.”Women’s Nike Custom Made Green Bay Packers Elite Team Color NFL Football Jersey Sale.

The more successful he is, the better his chances to stick around in Detroit. No matter what the role, that’s the end goal.

“I just want to help the team win,” he said. “I’ll do that if it’s the role I’m in or if it’s starting or if it’s later in the game. It doesn’t bother me. I’m happy to be here and happy to help.”

Jason Beck has covered the Tigers for MLB.com since 2002. Read Beck’s Blog, follow him on Twitter @beckjason and Facebook. This story was not Personalized Patriots Jersey subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Tigers’ Victor Martinez joins 2,000-hit Personalized Packers Jersey club

CLEVELAND — Victor Martinez recorded his 2,000th Major League hit in the same ballpark where he recorded his first. The reaction from his former home fans Personalized Packers Jersey at Progressive Field following his second-inning single in Friday’s 11-2 Tigers loss against the Indians reminded him what it was like back then.

“It was a great moment,” Martinez said. “I will always remember this moment until I die. It was pretty special the way the fans reacted.”

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Martinez hit a line drive to left with two outs in the inning off Carlos Carrasco, then hugged first-base coach Omar Vizquel upon reaching the bag. The Cleveland crowd acknowledged the feat with a long standing ovation, leading Martinez to tip his cap.

Players and coaches in both dugouts also stood in applause.

“We all love Victor and what he did for this organization and the quality Custom Packers Jersey hitter he is and the type of hitter he is,” Indians bench coach and acting manager Brad Mills said. “We were talking in the dugout, ‘That’s a lot of hits.’ And I know there’s some guys with 3,000, there’s some guys, couple guys with 4,000 or whatever. Man, that’s a lot of hits. It couldn’t happen to a better guy and that’s something.”

The 38-year-old DH is the ninth active player with 2,000 hits, joining Ichiro Suzuki, Adrian Beltre, Albert Pujols, Carlos Beltran, Miguel Cabrera, Robinson Cano, Matt Holliday and Jose Reyes. Adrian Gonzalez and Nick Markakis should join them this season.

Martinez’s feat comes 15 years after the former Indians catcher had his first hit on the same field. A September callup in 2002, he hit a bloop single into short left field off the late Blue Jays starter Justin Miller on Sept. 10 that year.

“A lot of things went through my mind,” Martinez said. “Going back to 2002 when I got my first hit here, I got a bloop single over the shortstop, and this one’s pretty similar.

“I thank God for everything, just getting me to this spot. At the same time, the fans here, it was pretty special. It was really special for me. I never thought they were going to stand up and clap, but this was the organization that gave me a chance to be Custom Patriots Jersey a professional baseball player, gave me a chance to become a Major Leaguer.”Men’s Nike Custom Made Miami Dolphins Elite Aqua Green Team Color NFL Jersey.

The Indians signed Martinez as a teenager in 1996. He was 20 when he debuted in the Class A NY-Penn League, but he rose quickly from there, earning his September callup after a standout season at Double-A Akron.

Martinez stuck with the Custom Dolphins Jersey team for good as a midseason callup in 2003, then became the mainstay behind the plate for the Indians through their rise to a division title in ’07, until he was traded to Boston in ’09. He signed with the Tigers as a free agent following the ’10 season, but has been treated more like an old friend than a division rival by Cleveland fans.Youth Nike Custom Made New England Patriots Elite Navy Blue Team Color Jersey Sale.

“I never wanted to leave this place. Unfortunately, that’s the business,” Martinez said. “I got traded and it was hard. It was hard for me to leave this place, and I hope they know that. Even my mom says we’re always going to have Cleveland in our heart.”

Martinez brought his family on the trip to allow them to take part. His 12-year-old son, Victor Jose, was around the clubhouse before and after the game. Martinez has 492 of his 2,000 hits in Cleveland, where he’s a .298 career hitter. He has 465 career hits at Comerica Park.Women’s Nike Custom Made Green Bay Packers Elite Team Color NFL Football Jersey Sale.

For Martinez, the last hits have been some of the toughest. He was hospitalized with an irregular heartbeat last month.

“It’s been a roller coaster this year,” Martinez said. “It’s been tough. But like I learned a long time ago, nobody said it was going to be easy. That’s why I try to be pretty optimistic and try to win games. When you see things when you’re home, at the end, man, it’s just a baseball game.

“You give everything you have. A lot of people like it, a lot of people don’t like it, but it is what it is. I give everything I had, and I can go home sitting on my couch and I’m going to be pretty happy, because I always give everything I have in this game.” Personalized Dolphins Jersey

Jason Beck has covered the Tigers for MLB.com since 2002. Read Beck’s Blog, follow him on Twitter @beckjason and Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Tribe backs Carlos Carrasco in rout of Custom Dolphins Jersey Tigers

CLEVELAND — Carlos Carrasco beat the Tigers for the third time in four meetings this season, aided by a heaping helping of Indians offense. Michael Brantley’s two-run double, Lonnie Chisenhall’s two-run homer and Francisco Lindor’s two-run triple powered the Tribe to an 11-2 win Friday night at Progressive Field.

“It was just a nice game to see the guys play the way they did,” said bench coach Brad Mills, who’s managing the Tribe while Terry Francona recovers from Custom Dolphins Jersey a heart procedure. “Offensively, Brantley had some big at-bats, he could have had even a bigger night. We had big hits all the way around. Shoot, [Bradley Zimmer] had a good night. [Chisenhall] had that big Custom Patriots Jersey blow that really kind of gave us a couple extra runs as a cushion there. But there were some good at-bats.”Men’s Nike Custom Made Miami Dolphins Elite Aqua Green Team Color NFL Jersey.

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Carrasco, who hasn’t allowed more than two runs in a game against the Tigers in their past nine meetings, struck out a season-high 11 over seven innings, including all three outs of the fifth and sixth. J.D. Martinez and Miguel Cabrera had RBI singles in the fourth and sixth, respectively.

“It’s fun [to play behind him],” Lindor said of Carrasco. “I know he’s got the stuff to be a No. 1 starter and he deserves to be in the All-Star Game. It’s just whenever he goes out there and does what he does best, it’s pretty special. It’s pretty cool. Whenever you see big league hitters miss the ball by five feet that means he’s doing something right.”

By then, Cleveland was comfortably in front thanks to a third-inning barrage off Jordan Zimmermann, fueled by Brantley’s double and Chisenhall’s 12th homer. Bradley Zimmer’s fifth home run and Lindor’s two-run triple began a four-run sixth against Chad Bell and Alex Wilson to put the game away.

“Just not a good day pitchwise for us,” Tigers catcher Alex Avila. “Behind in
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Ramirez keeps it going:  Zimmermann nearly survived the third with just two runs allowed thanks to a highlight stop from Jose Iglesias deep in the hole on Jose Ramirez. Iglesias fired against his body, but couldn’t get enough on the throw to get Ramirez. The two-out infield single scored Brantley and continued the inning for Chisenhall, who hit Zimmermann’s ensuing breaking ball out to right for a 5-0 lead.

V-Mart 2K: Victor Martinez became the ninth active Major League player with 2,000 hits. His milestone hit, an opposite-field single off Carrasco in the second, came in the same ballpark where he had his first big league hit 15 years ago as a Tribe September callup. The crowd of 32,307 gave him a standing ovation.

“It was really special for me,” Martinez said. “I never thought they were going to stand up and clap, but like I said before, this was the organization that gave me a chance to be a professional baseball player, gave me a chance to become a Major Leaguer.” More >

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“It’s starting to come together. I’m sure that he’d like to have the at-bat back in that fourth inning. But at the same time, he had some real good at-bats tonight. He’s getting there and making progress and moving in that direction.” — Mills, on Lindor’s improved approach at the plate

“We all love Victor and what he did for this organization and the quality hitter he is and the type of hitter he is. We were talking in the dugout, we go, ‘That’s a lot of hits.’ And I know there’s some guys with 3,000, there’s some guys, couple guys with 4,000 or whatever. Man, that’s a lot of hits. It couldn’t happen to a better guy and that’s something. Some of the guys were saying, you kind of wonder if people really understand how many hits that is. That’s pretty cool.” — Mills, on Martinez’s 2,000th hit

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The Tigers gave up double-digit runs for the eighth time, with three of those games coming against the Indians.

CARRASCO’S IMMACULATE INNING
In the fifth, Carrasco threw an immaculate inning. He struck out Nicholas Castellanos, Mikie Mahtook and Iglesias in order, each on three pitches. It marked only the second time in Indians history that a pitcher Personalized Dolphins Jersey has recorded an immaculate inning, with the first by Justin Masterson on June 2, 2014, against the Red Sox.

“What Carlos [did], I thought it was huge,” Mills said. “We had the bases loaded, nobody out and didn’t score in the bottom of the fourth. And he came out in the top of the fifth, when you might think the momentum might be swinging or something, he used nine pitches, struck out the side and set them down. That was sure [a] big key.” More >

WHAT’S NEXT
Tigers: Justin Verlander (5-5, 4.96 ERA) revisits his demons at Progressive Field, where he gave up nine runs over four-plus innings in April and ended up searching for hints of pitch-tipping or sign-stealing. He’ll face an Indians squad that has hit him around for 18 runs on 24 hits over 14 1/3 innings this season. The Saturday matchup starts at 7:15 p.m. ET.

Indians: Right-hander Mike Clevinger (4-3, 3.33 ERA) will take the mound in Saturday’s game against the Tigers at Progressive Field. Clevinger will make his second straight start against Verlander after outpitching him Sunday in an 11-8 win. He went six innings and allowed one run on two hits with seven strikeouts, but tied a career high with five walks.

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J.D. Martinez on right foot,Personalized Jaguars Jersey mental mistake

CLEVELAND — The good news for J.D. Martinez was that his sliding catch Friday night didn’t produce any discomfort in his previously sprained right foot. It was the same kind of catch that originally produced the injury back in Spring Training, and it didn’t flare up anything in his Lisfranc ligament.

“It’s not any particular play or thing,” Martinez said Saturday. “It’s more Personalized Jaguars Jersey the quick turnaround. We had the doubleheader and then the day game. That’s when I was feeling it a little bit. But I was able to play and it was fine.”

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The bad news, of course, was what happened after the catch. While Martinez leisurely threw the ball back into the infield, Jason Kipnis scrambled back to third base, tagged up and scored.Men’s Nike Custom Made Jacksonville Jaguars Elite Team Color Teal Green NFL Jersey.

And as usual, the brutally honest Martinez made no excuses.

“That was my fault,” he said. “I just kind of fell asleep on it. It’s one of those things where it’s easy to get distracted, or fall asleep, when it’s getting repetitive. I thought he was going to tag up off the bat. I didn’t think he was going to be halfway [to the plate]. That’s kind of where he messed up, and then when I slid and I came up and I saw him going back, I was like ‘OK.’ I threw it and then he went home. It’s one of those things where if it was a half a second earlier it would’ve been a bang-bang play. …
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“It is what it is. It happened. Can’t happen again.”

The game was already in the Indians’ control when it happened. It made no difference in the outcome, but it contributed to the bad look of a team that was making fundamental mistakes in an 11-2 loss to the American League Central leaders.

“Outfielders can’t assume that the runner is or isn’t running. You have to assume that he is and come up firing Josh Donaldson Jersey For Sale,” manager Brad Ausmus said after the game.

Martinez has been battling since coming off the disabled list two months ago, though the personal motivation of a contract season can’t hurt, either. His .993 OPS entering play Saturday would’ve netted him AL All-Star consideration had he not missed the first six weeks.Youth Nike Custom Made Minnesota Vikings Elite Purple Team Color NFL Jersey Cheap.

The foot, Martinez said, is no longer an issue for him. He’s covering Personalized Vikings Jersey more ground in right field than he was earlier in the season, and he’s running the bases aggressively.

“It’s a lot better,” Martinez said, compared to when he returned from the DL in mid-May. “There are days when I don’t even need treatment. I pretty much stopped doing treatment, honestly. It feels good, just one of those things you kind of monitor because it’ll get sore again. It’s good.”

That said, Martinez admits the All-Star break next week will do him some good. As much as he would’ve liked playing in the All-Star Game in his native South Florida, he’s glad to have four days off.

“I think it’ll be good just to get off of it, relax and let it heal,” Martinez said.

Jason Beck has covered the Tigers for MLB.com since 2002. Read Beck’s Custom Vikings Jersey Blog, follow him on Twitter @beckjason and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Tigers’ Josh Donaldson Jersey Matt Hall on hot stretch for Lakeland

Matt Hall threw seven scoreless frames to lead Class Josh Donaldson Jersey A Advanced Lakeland to a 4-1 win over Daytona on Saturday, but that should hardly come as a surprise to those following his recent success.

The Tigers’ No. 17 prospect has now pitched 43 consecutive innings without Personalized Jaguars Jersey allowing an earned run, a streak that has spanned seven appearances (six starts) and began on May 28.

Hall threw 52 of his 88 pitches for strikes on Saturday and limited the Tortugas offense to just two hits. The lefty also struck out five and didn’t issue a walk for the second time in his past three starts.Men’s Nike Custom Made Jacksonville Jaguars Elite Team Color Teal Green NFL Jersey.

Over the course of his streak, Hall has seen his ERA dip from 5.36 to 2.65 and has boosted his record to 7-3 as he’s won each of his past four decisions. Hall’s last loss came on May 28, the beginning of his streak, as he was charged with four unearned runs in 5 1/3 innings.

Other top prospect performances from Saturday’s action:

No. 28 overall prospect Lucas Giolito (White Sox No. 4) led Triple-A Charlotte to a 1-0 win with his second shutout of the season. After getting rocked for seven runs in 3 2/3 innings in his last start, Giolitio was nearly unhittable against Louisville. The 22-year-old gave up just two hits and struck out 10 in the seven-inning complete game.Women’s Toronto Blue Jays Josh Donaldson Majestic White Flex Base 40th Anniversary Patch Jersey.

 

“Having the one-run lead helped tonight,” Giolito told MiLB.com. “I felt like I really needed to execute through every at-bat. I couldn’t take a pitch off or let my focus go. I made sure I got ahead as much as possible, which we did a pretty good job of tonight, other than a few batters. It’s always more intense with a slim lead like that and it ended up being a really good start.”

• Giants No. 5 prospect Chris Shaw went a combined 4-for-7 in Triple-A Sacramento’s doubleheader sweep over Tacoma. The 23-year-old got off to a fast start in the first game as he went 3-for-4 with a homer and two runs scored before going 1-for-3 in the nightcap.

• Phillies No. 19 prospect Jhailyn Ortiz put together his third straight multi-hit game for Class A Short Season Williamsport. Ortiz doubled in each of his first two at-bats as he finished the game 2-for-4 with a season-high three RBIs. Ortiz has been in a nice rhythm at the plate over the past three games, going a combined 5-for-11 (.455).Youth Nike Custom Made Minnesota Vikings Elite Purple Team Color NFL Jersey Cheap.

• Dodgers No. 21 prospect Edwin Rios hit 15 homers in 77 games with Double-A Tulsa this season and now has one homer in three contests with Triple-A Oklahoma City after going deep in the first game of a doubleheader. Rios finished the game 2-for-3 with an RBI.

 

Braves No. 23 prospect Alex Jackson homered for the first time since May 8 as part of a 2-for-5, three-RBI performance for Class A Advanced Florida. Jackson, hitting .275 through 54 games, has matched his career high with 11 homers but saw his pace drastically slow down after hitting 10 of them in April and May.

Braves No. 24 prospect Bryse Wilson spun his first career shutout for Class A Rome. Wilson, who was pitching past the seventh for the first time, struck out seven without issuing a walk and gave up just five hits in Rome’s 2-0 win.

 

• Phillies No. 24 prospect JoJo Romero spun a gem for Class A Advanced Clearwater, giving up just Personalized Vikings Jersey one hit and striking out nine in six scoreless innings. Romero posted Josh Donaldson Jersey For Sale a 2.11 ERA through 13 starts at the Class A level before he was promoted to Clearwater, where he has continued to excel. The lefty has made two starts with the Threshers and has yet Custom Jaguars Jersey to give up a run while notching 19 strikeouts in 12 1/3 innings.

“That’s our job,” Romero told MiLB.com. “Our job is to make the hitters feel as uncomfortable as possible with your tempo, mixing speeds, changing locations. So it’s kind of a thrill for me when you see a hitter up there guessing or taking pitches because they don’t know what’s coming.”

Giants No. 26 prospect Dylan Davis hit his sixth homer and matched his career high with five RBIs in Double-A Richmond’s win over Bowie. Davis hit a two-run homer in the second, a two-run single in the third and added a sacrifice fly in the fourth. The 23-year-old singled again in the seventh and was retired in the ninth, finishing 3-for-4.

White Sox No. 27 prospect Jacob May hit in both halves of Triple-A Charlotte’s doubleheader sweep, but he made the biggest impact in Game 1 as he collected a season-high four hits with an RBI and a walk. In Game 2, May went 1-for-4, bringing his average to .267 through 61 games.

 

• Astros No. 29 prospect Jorge Alcala put up nothing but zeroes for the second time in his past three starts with Class A Advanced Buies Creek. The 21-year-old threw 57 of his 95 pitches for strikes, striking out five and giving up just three hits in the outing.

Rays No. 30 prospect Ryan Boldt put together his second four-hit game of the season as Class A Advanced Charlotte topped Florida, 12-7. Boldt, who went 4-for-5 with a triple and three RBIs, got off to a fast start as he had RBI hits in the first, second and third innings. The 22-year-old also singled in the fifth but wasn’t able to keep his perfect day alive as he grounded out in the seventh.

William Boor is a reporter for MLBPipeline.com. Follow him on Twitter at @wboor. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Mike Clevinger, Indians beat Verlander, Men’s Nike Custom Made Jacksonville Jaguars Elite Team Color Teal Green NFL Jersey Tigers

CLEVELAND — For the third time in four meetings this season, the Indians beat Justin Verlander. This time, they only needed one run to do it. Michael Brantley’s fifth-inning double provided the go-ahead tally, supporting Mike Clevinger through six scoreless innings in a 4-0 win over the Tigers on Saturday at Progressive Field.Men’s Nike Custom Made Jacksonville Jaguars Elite Team Color Teal Green NFL Jersey.

Six days after Clevinger (5-3) held the Tigers to a run on two hits over six innings in Detroit, he limited them to three hits, two walks and one runner in scoring position. The young right-hander retired 13 of 14 Tigers in between hits from the second into the sixth innings, with a walk accounting for the lone runner in the stretch.Women’s Toronto Blue Jays Josh Donaldson Majestic White Flex Base 40th Anniversary Patch Jersey.

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“He pitched well,” Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said. “But we have to find a way to scrape out a couple runs, to be honest with you. Somehow, we have to find a way to scrape out some wins. We just didn’t do a lot offensively.”

Clevinger, 26, is pitching the best baseball of his budding Major League career with just five total runs given up over 27 innings in his past five starts.

“The improvement he has through each start,” Indians bench coach and acting manager Brad Mills said, “I thought today was sure nice to see, especially since going into the [All-Star] break now. That’s really going to give him some confidence. Commanding the zone like he did. Not getting behind hitters. After the first hitter of the game, he kept coming after guys, stayed aggressive with all of his pitches and he was able to have command of his offspeed stuff.”

With a bevy of scouts watching ahead of the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline, Verlander (5-6) acquitted himself from last Sunday’s struggles with the Tribe by holding down its mighty offense. He didn’t have a 1-2-3 inning, but his lone inning with multiple hits was the one that cost him, with Brantley converting Francisco Lindor’s two-out single into a run.Youth Nike Custom Made Minnesota Vikings Elite Purple Team Color NFL Jersey Cheap.

“Personally, win. Teamwise, not a win,” Verlander said. “And this is a team sport. This isn’t a personal sport.”

Carlos Santana’s RBI double, Bradley Zimmer’s ensuing RBI triple and Yan Gomes’ sacrifice fly provided insurance runs off Bruce Rondon in the eighth.

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Clevinger thwarts early chance: The Tigers had their leadoff runner on base in each of the first two innings, but didn’t advance either. The more costly chance was their first, with Ian Kinsler drawing a walk ahead of the middle of the order. Clevinger nearly nabbed him on three pickoff throws, then caught Kinsler too far off base on the fourth, retiring him just before Justin Upton’s single.

“The three previous were close,” Clevinger said. “I feel like a lot of runners, especially if you pick over three times, that fourth time they’re going to be going. We gave him a little bit of a hold. I was going for the throw for the tag, because I thought we might have had a chance because the other two were close.”

Brantley battles for RBI: Verlander struck out six of nine Indians hitters from the fourth inning into the sixth, but could not finish off Brantley after a 1-2 count. Brantley fouled off a curveball, fastball and slider from Verlander before running the count full, then turning on a curveball over the plate and lining it off the fence in right-center.

It’s a battle every time,” Brantley said of facing Verlander, whom he has seen more than any other pitcher. “There’s so much video and there’s so much tape to go back years and years. You really try to simplify it and get a pitch out over the plate, don’t try to do too much, stay up the middle and don’t get caught in any tendencies Josh Donaldson Jersey For Sale. He’s a great pitcher over there, he’s their ace, and we were lucky to get the victory tonight.”

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“There’s been times when I’ve given up four or five [runs] in wins. I know it’s a lot easier to dwell on the good ones when you don’t get run support, but you can’t do that. You just have to plug along, go about your business, just continue pitching and really take positives away from it. This felt like a huge step in the right direction for me.” — Verlander, on lack of run support

“It’s a little surreal. Especially when he made his mark and won the Cy Young, I think I was 16. I think any right-handed pitcher, especially the second he got on the scene, he had the 100-mph fastball with the power curveball. Everyone looked up to wanting to do that and wanting to be him. It was surreal to get to face him two starts in a row. It gives you a little extra edge, because Custom Vikings Jersey you grew up watching the guy and trying to emulate the pitches he has.” — Clevinger, on facing Verlander

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Zimmer’s strikeout to end the fourth inning was Verlander’s first strikeout since fanning Kansas City’s Alex Gordon to end the sixth inning on June 27. Verlander went 41 batters between strikeouts; 38 of those batters were Cleveland Indians.

“Anytime that you want to have good at-bats, I think you want to make the pitcher to work for his outs maybe a little bit more,” Mills said. “That’s probably the most important thing that we can put together, is putting together a solid at-bat and making him use those pitches and kind of throw everything, so now we see all those pitches. I think that’s what the guys were able to do.”

KIPNIS EXITS WITH INJURY
Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis exited the game following the third inning with a right hamstring injury. In the bottom of the frame, he tried to beat a slow roller to the mound but pulled up before touching the base, holding his right leg. Erik Gonzalez replaced Kipnis at second base.

AFTER FURTHER REVIEW
The Tigers challenged a pickoff play at second base in the sixth inning in which Verlander tried to get Jose Ramirez out. After a review, the call stood, as shortstop Jose Iglesias’ glove did not touch Ramirez in time. The Tigers have been successful on 10 of their 17 challenges this season, but they only have one successful overturn in their last four challenges.

WHAT’S NEXT
Tigers: All-Star Michael Fulmer gets the ball as the Tigers close out their first half on ESPN Sunday Night Baseball at 8:05 p.m. ET at Progressive Field. Fulmer went 1-2 with a 6.75 ERA against the Indians during his rookie season, but he hasn’t faced them this year.

Indians: Fellow All-Star right-hander Corey Kluber takes the mound for the Indians in the series finale. Kluber has given up just two total earned runs Custom Jaguars Jersey in his last four starts, but the Tigers have hit him hard for 11 runs over 9 1/3 innings in two starts this season.

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CLEVELAND — No pitcher has faced Michael Brantley more than Justin Verlander. Just a handful of current hitters have stepped into the box against Verlander more often than Brantley. They’ve built a history over the years.

That’s why, when asked about Brantley fouling off everything but the kitchen sink before lacing his fifth-inning RBI double to break a scoreless duel in a 4-0 Indians win over the Tigers on Saturday at Progressive Field Josh Donaldson Jersey For Sale, Verlander could smile and interject.

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“No, the kitchen sink was in there, too,” Verlander said.

On a night when Verlander felt comfortable throwing all of his pitches, Personalized Vikings Jersey Brantley fouled off everything but the changeup to keep his at-bat and the fifth inning going with Francisco Lindor on first base. It ended with a double off the wall in right-center field, sending Lindor around to score for the game’s first run.Men’s Nike Custom Made Jacksonville Jaguars Elite Team Color Teal Green NFL Jersey.

That was all the Indians needed, though they tacked on three insurance tallies off Bruce Rondon. Though Verlander pitched better against the Indians than he had all season, he suffered his third loss in four meetings with the Tribe Custom Vikings Jersey this year, thanks to a hitter he had owned the past few seasons.

Though Carlos Santana and Lonnie Chisenhall garner a lot of the attention when Verlander faces the Tribe, Verlander and Brantley have had their own saga. Brantley went 15-for-38 from 2009 to 2013, but with just two extra-base hits. Since then, Verlander had held him 6-for-35 entering Saturday.

Nineteen of Verlander’s 115 pitches Saturday went to Brantley, all with a runner on base, but only one decided the game.Women’s Toronto Blue Jays Josh Donaldson Majestic White Flex Base 40th Anniversary Patch Jersey.

“He never gets out of his game plan,” Verlander said. “He’s so patient and calm at the plate. There’s no panic. Ever. Even going to back when I’m throwing 101, 102 [mph], he’s just nice and calm, fouling stuff off. You make a mistake and he hits it.”

Said Brantley: “It’s a battle every time. There’s so much video and there’s so much tape to go back years and years. You really try to simplify it and get a pitch out over the plate, don’t try to do too much, stay up the middle and don’t get caught in any tendencies.

“He’s a great pitcher over there, he’s their ace, and we were lucky to get the victory tonight.”

In the first inning, Brantley fouled off two offerings from Verlander before flying out to right. Brantley chased a couple fastballs on the outside corner his next time up, fouling off the first before grounding a 2-1 fastball to second base to end the third inning following Lindor’s two-out walk.
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By the time Brantley came back up in the fifth, Verlander was rolling, recording three consecutive strikeouts with help from a nasty curveball before Lindor’s two-out single brought up Brantley. Brantley took a curveball at the knees and a 97-mph fastball inside to fall into a 1-2 count. After a curveball in the dirt, Brantley went to work.

Verlander went back to the curveball at the knees. Brantley fouled it off.

Verlander tried the fastball off the plate again. Brantley went for it, but fouled it off.

On the seventh pitch of the at-bat, Verlander gave him a slider over Custom Jaguars Jersey the plate. Brantley fouled it off.

“You make good pitches and he fouls it off,” Verlander said. “It’s easy to get frustrated as a pitcher. But I’ve Josh Donaldson Jersey dealt with these guys enough that it’s just par for the course.”

After a high fastball ran the count full, catcher Alex Avila went back to the curveball that started the at-bat.

“Looking back, maybe I should’ve called a backdoor curveball instead of going in there,” Avila said. “But he’s still got to hit it.”

Brantley considered himself fortunate.

“He was staying on the corners, staying off the middle the plate and mixing it up,” Brantley said. “I was lucky to get a breaking ball out over the plate and put a good swing on it.”

Said Verlander: “Even though it was a decent curveball in a decent spot, it kind of just ran away from him a little bit. So I think it gave him just enough time to say, ‘Oh, it’s a curveball.’ It kind of just came out just a hair early. But we’re kind of nitpicking right now.”

Jason Beck has covered the Tigers for MLB.com since 2002. Read Beck’s Blog, follow him on Twitter @beckjason and listen to his podcast.

Ben Weinrib is a reporter for MLB.com based in Cleveland and contributed to this story.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.